Sources for the Italian Wars

Annotated bibliography for the Italian Wars.

Web Sites

Hungarian and Turkish army lists for Maximilian – Dan O’Hara

Renaissance Wargames Home Page – David Heading

Includes a whole bunch of stuff including some Portuguese History, some Wargaming campaigns and scenarios, some reviews of Wargaming Rules, and issues with DBR lists.

Early Modern Warfare Society (Curt Johnson) including:

On-line books

Various works on/by Machiavelli

Machiavelli the game

Avalon Hill have an Italian Wars variant of Diplomacy called “Machiavelli”.

Guide for Diplomacy players

The MACHiavelli Boardgame Site

Has full colour map variants.

Has a black and white map variant.


Benedetti, A. (1967). Diaria de bello Carolino: Diary of the Caroline War (D. M. Schullian, Trans.). New York: Frederick Ungar. (Original work published 1496).

Barker, P. (1995). D.B.R. Army Lists Book 1. Wargames Research Group. Devizes.

Gush, G. (1975). Renaissance Armies 1480-1650. Patrick Stephens.

Jones, M. N. (1994). “All is lost save honour”: The battle of Pavia, 24 February 1525. Wargames Illustrated, 81, pp. 21-24.

Konstam, A. (1996). Pavia 1525: The Climax of the Italian Wars. Osprey [Campaign Series 44]. g

Oman, C. (1987). A History of the Art of War in the Sixteenth Century. London: Greenhill Books. Originally published 1937.


Phipps, J. (1994). The battle of Pavia: The Story of a demonstration game. Wargames Illustrated, 80, pp. 38-40.

Stevenson, P. (1991). The battle of Ravenna 11th April 1512. Wargames Illustrated, 46, pp. 11-14.

Taylor, F. (1993). The art of war in Italy 1494-1529 (originally published 1921). Essex, UK: Partizan Press.

Similar in style of Oman (1987), but lacks the depth .

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